Head and Neck Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of several head and neck cancers include a lump or sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. Other symptoms, by cancer site, include:

  • Oral cavity. A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth; a swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable; or unusual bleeding or pain in the mouth.

  • Nasal cavity and sinuses. Sinuses that are blocked and do not clear; chronic sinus infections that do not respond to treatment with antibiotics; nosebleeds, frequent headaches, swelling or other trouble with the eyes, pain in the upper teeth, or problems with dentures.

  • Salivary glands. Swelling under the chin or around the jawbone; numbness or paralysis of the muscles in the face; or pain that does not go away in the face, chin, or neck.

  • Oropharynx and hypopharynx: Ear pain.

  • Nasopharynx: Trouble breathing or speaking, frequent headaches, pain or ringing in the ears, or trouble hearing.

  • Larynx: Pain when swallowing or ear pain.

  • Metastatic squamous neck cancer: Pain in the neck or throat that does not go away.

These symptoms may be caused by cancer or by other, less serious conditions.

We Can Help

Physicians at The Mount Sinai Hospital have extensive experience treating diseases of the larynx, including larynx cancer. U.S. News & World Report ranks Mount Sinai 10th in the nation for Ear, Nose and Throat/Head and Neck Surgery. Call us at 212-241-9410 to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located on the Upper East Side of New York City.


Contact Us

Ear, Nose and Throat/Head and Neck Services
5 East 98th Street
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-9410